Greenwood to Vote on $6.9 Million Bond

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

GREENWOOD - A growing number of kids enrolled in school coupled with old buildings and sewer lines.

The combination is causing headaches for school officials in greenwood.

So much so, they are asking voters to approve a $6.9 million bond to fix the problem.

"The sewer system itself, the septic system has been here forever, you might say.  It's full outside and we just can't hold anymore," David Randall, Elementary Principal for Greenwood ISD, said.

Close to 900 students roam the halls of Greenwood Elementary and Jr. High.  

For all those kids, they have very few restrooms between them.

And for those restrooms, there are a total of 19 septic tanks all of which are full to capacity.

That's causing headaches and double duty for school administrators.

"There's not been a day this month that I haven't had to come in and mop the floors, in any of the bathrooms.  Two or three a day will overflow with sewer water.  That's all it is," Randall said.

The walls of the library are relatively new having been put up just last year, unfortunately you can't say the same thing for the plumbing, since all of that was installed back in the 1950's.

"This used to be the High School on the other end, at one time.  It was built in '54, when it started and this was added probably in the 60's, and in the 70's, I think there was some additions," Randall said.

But the sewer system isn't the only thing that needs attention the nurse's office in the Elementary could use a face lift as well.

Karen Dickerson sees an average of 60-70 kids a day, and she does it with limited space.

"I need totally a bigger office, and if I had three cots, I think that would probably be ample for kids to lay down in here until the parents can get here when they're sick," Karen Dickerson, an R.N. for Greenwood ISD, said.

First year Superintendent Doug Young says, it's extremely important that the bond be passed.

"Obviously it's not something you want to do your very first year, is address a sewer problem.  But it's something that's very needed.  The board has decided it's what we need to do, and my job is to carry out the board's wishes," Young said.

A plan has been set up to construct a sewer line from Greenwood to the City of Midland wastewater treatment plant.

If the bond doesn't pass, it could spell out problems for Greenwood ISD, coming from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

"The governing board that watches things like this can assess a fine of 10 thousand dollars per day if we don't move toward accomplishing this goal," Randall said.